CT-Designs

Monday, August 10, 2015

Planner Decoration Trend

Image taken from: BelindaSelene.com

Where have I been? Not only on this blog, but just in general? Apart from lettering hundreds of envelopes and wedding signage, I recently stumbled into some planner "addicts" on Instagram and have found myself making the pages in my planner more and more personal and decorative.

Its a movement. Seriously.

Think washi tape, stickers, flags, doodles... I mean its all the stuff I love, bonded to pages that I NEED to keep my life in order. Again, who knew and what else exactly do you need in life to be happy?  SUPER excited about this trend!

I've put together some info below for you to learn more about these AWESOME crafters who are in and also lead the movement. Also some resource info if you'd like to get started. Go ahead. Dive in! This is so much fun and a welcome break from stressing about wedding deadlines and projects.

Instagram Hashtags
#plannercommunity
#plannerjunkies 
#plannergoodies
#plannergirls 
#plannerstickers
#stickers 
#planneraccessories
#planneraddict

These will get you started. It looks like there are supplies, challenges, monthly subscriptions to special kits, themes, it goes on and on. I even found an Instagram user that combines "lettering" and "journal decorating" LlamasLetters -- I think I'm in heaven.

Planner Decorator/Designers I like
This list is absolutely NOT exhaustive. I haven't even known about the trend long enough to give you an informed, perfectly curated list, but THESE are the ones that I've lingered on and gotten the best info from. I'm sure there are dozens and dozens of others!


@YesPleasePlanning is the FIRST page that I bumped into and it was love at first sight. Meka is fun and she has dozens of different journals that she decorates. Make this your first stop too!



Belinda is a popular Vlogger, but she is also a planner addict and she's got great advice and beautiful pics!

Cori Spieker actually teaches a comprehensive online planner decoration workshop... Yeah, that's an actual thing. She's also got her hands in other pots, check her out. She's got 55k followers on IG so you know she's bringing it.
Christy Tomlinson of the Planner Society is also partnered with Cori to teach the workshop and also offers monthly subscriptions to crafting supplies for your planner. I wish you didn't have to START with a 3-month commitment. I'm planning to keep poking around to find a "lighter" offer.


Planning Supplies on Etsy
Now you just KNEW Etsy would already be front and center on this trend... Type in "planner supplies" and go shopping!




Yes, I KNOW I've been M.I.A. this wedding season. I should have gotten an intern. Things are just on another level business-wise. I miss all of you though and am working on some blogs now so I can make a comeback very soon!

This trend inspired me enough though to blow the dust off my keyboard and let you guys in on one of my current loves! Take care and I promise I won't stay away so long next time.

--ct



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Surprise Postage Increase (2015) U.S.P.S.


Looks like after the U.S.P.S. officially reported on Jan. 15th that postage would NOT be going up... They increased the rates anyway...

It took effect on May 30th, 2015. Kind of out of nowhere and RIGHT in the middle of wedding invitation season. Pretty strange.


...So, for the 2 oz. stamp, which is what most typical wedding invitation suites use, the price WAS $.70. --> $.49 (1 ounce rate) + $.21 (for an additional ounce). NOW, with this subtle, out of nowhere increase, the cost is now $.71. Several brides and wedding planners have had to couple their postage with a 1¢ stamp. How inconvenient.

Wanted to finally put this blog out so that if you are still planning on mailing invitations this season, plan accordingly.



In another strange turn of events, it looks like the U.S.P.S. prior increase from $.46 - $.49 that occurred back in 2013 will actually not be permanent. That MAJOR increase, which violated the Consumer Price Index at the time, was supposed to help with losses incurred from the 2008-09 recession. The USPS tried to make this increase permanent, but a D.C. appeals court ruled that they actually cannot. This happened in early June. At the time of this posting however, it is NOT clear when they will have to roll back this $.49 rate and by how much. Stay tuned!

Take care til' next time, 
--ct


Friday, June 12, 2015

2015 Summer Calligraphy Classes! Paper Source (Illinois)


MORE calligraphy courses at Paper Source in June, July and August! Come out and join me if you can, its a GREAT way to spend the summer!


JUNE CLASSES

SAT. JUNE 13, 2015
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Southport Paper Source
3543 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 880-0489 | Noon - 3:30P

SAT. JUNE 20, 2015
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Oak Brook Paper Source
433 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(773) 880-0489 | Noon - 3:30P




JULY CLASSES

SAT. JULY 25, 2015
**Calligraphy II: Dip Pen and Ink**
Southport Paper Source
3543 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 880-0489 | Noon - 3:30P




AUGUST CLASSES

SAT. AUGUST 1st, 2015
**Calligraphy II: Dip Pen and Ink**
Oak Brook Paper Source
433 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(773) 880-0489 | Noon - 3:30P

SAT. AUGUST 22, 2015
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Naperville Paper Source
215 Main St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 778-8925 | 11:00A - 2:30P

SUN. AUGUST 23, 2015
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Southport Paper Source
3543 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 880-0489 | Noon - 3:30P





CALL TODAY TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT! SPACE IS LIMITED!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

New Wedding Font Offer: Adorn Smooth (by Laura Worthington)

Hi everyone,

I miss you all terribly, but this wedding season has taken me to a new level. Will be getting an intern very, very soon!

Today though, I'd like to share the Adorn Smooth font family with you. There are 11 inside the font family and today through May 30, you can purchase the entire package for 40% OFF!!! (Priced at $65)
Enter Coupon Code: adorns-ctdesigns40

These are just a few of my favorite. I like type font families that have special characters... They can assist with some of the "heavy lifting" you have to do in concepting and designing.

Banners are uber popular... Not only for shower and wedding invites, but think about personal graphics for yourself... Your logo, your website, etc.

A nice frame ALWAYS adds a bit of elegance to your design
Ornaments are wonderful for reference in calligraphy work and designing invites, certificates, etc.

Like the original Adorn font family on which it's based, Adorn Smooth provides a suite of distinctive typeface designs designed to complement each other rather than match exactly. Adorn Smooth revisits 6 faces from Adorn — Pomander, Serif, Slab Serif, Engraved, Condensed, and script Catchwords; plus ornaments, banners, and frames — in smooth, un-textured versions.

As with Adorn, Adorn Smooth provides a disparate but harmonious typographic toolkit for creating wedding invitations, event posters, book jackets, or packaging.

Note: Search Lauraworthingtontype.com with the key words "adorn smooth" if looking to purchase individual styles. 


Monday, April 6, 2015

April/May 2015 Calligraphy Class Schedule (PAPER SOURCE)




MORE calligraphy courses at Paper Source in April and May! Come out and join me if you can, its a GREAT way to start your summer!

APRIL CLASSES

SAT. APRIL 11, 2015
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Naperville Paper Source
215 Main St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 778-8925 | 11:00A - 2:30P

SAT. APRIL 25, 2015
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Southport Paper Source
3543 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 880-0489 | Noon - 3:30P



MAY CLASSES

SAT. MAY 9, 2015
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Naperville Paper Source
215 Main St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 778-8925 | 11:00A - 2:30P

SAT. MAY 16, 2015
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Southport Paper Source
3543 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 880-0489 | 3:00P - 6:30P

SAT. MAY 23, 2015
**Calligraphy II: Dip Pen and Ink**
Naperville Paper Source
215 Main St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 778-8925 | 11:00A - 2:30P



CALL TODAY TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT! SPACE IS LIMITED!

Friday, March 13, 2015

CS Brides: Sophisticated Romance Photo Shoot Feature

I had the privilege of partnering with Kesh Events to do some mirrored "place settings" for her "Sophisticated Romance" feature... They perfectly complimented the chargers and really helped to glamorize and already spectacularly concepted tablescape. The results were really breathtaking. Thanks Akeshi!

Photography by Neil Burger.



The lovely Akeshi inside CS Brides (page 208)
Hand painted with white ink and adorned with fabulous florals







Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tips for Addressing Your Envelopes


We are firmly inside of "invitation season". Its time to book your calligrapher if you haven't already done it. You need to stuff, stamp, seal and head to the Post Office in order to get your beautiful invitations into your waiting guests hands.

Its a great time of anticipation and excitement, but its also time to get organized!

Miscellaneous Tips:
  • Try not to address your envelopes at the very bottom. The bottom (5/8") is reserved for bar codes, etc. This is something you need to think about if your mail will be automated.
  • Provide 10% overs on your envelopes. Human error is real. Unless you are having your envelopes digitally printed, don't skip this step.
  • Spell out everything... Your calligrapher SHOULD go ahead and spell out any abbreviations that you've indicated, but you will help them out (and protect the overs you've provided) by having them already done the way they will be written.
  • Allow extra time for delivery. Non-standard addressing CAN slow down automated or manual mail sorting... Its just something to think about. Particularly with ornate scripts.
  • Return addresses are a MUST. Think about the integrity of your list. You want to know if your invite did not arrive safely.
  • Seal those envelopes completely. Use a sealer or a small sponge and water. V-Shaped flaps are particularly tough to get closed with no breaches. Make sure all of the gummed matter gets wet and you apply pressure evenly to get it closed correctly.
  • You can protect your envelopes from some automation and unnecessary markings by having them hand canceled...

These are just a few tips to get you started! 

Take care til' next time...
--ct


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